The Sousse Massacre has re-prompted the debate on safeguarding freedoms and duty of the state to guarantee security. Rached Ghanouchi called for a national dialogue conference in order to agree a strategy to fight terrorism; but cautioned, “the main guarantee that terrorism would not become a religion is by maintaining mosques, Islamic associations, and Tunisian moderate Islam as the main form of religious practise.” Other voices opposed ideologically to the Islamic current called on the government to take robust measures against Islamists of all shades including shutting down Qur’anic schools, nurseries, Tahrir Party, as well as purging the security institutions of pro-Ennahdha people, even if those draconian measures led to “a rupture”. In such a climate of anger and high emotions, it is hard to heed voices that remind the political elite and civil society not to give in to the security approach that trumps citizenship rights. “If faith in our democracy falters before the faith of those who reckon they can defeat it, then terrorism would have achieved one of its objectives,” warned doctor of public law Riadh Guerfali.
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